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Locsin downplays flag protocol breach in Xi visit: Trivia!


It’s not a big deal.

Foreign Affairs Secretary Teodoro Locsin Jr. has brushed aside the alleged breach in flag protocol during the state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping in the country.

“Trivia,” Locsin tweeted, when a netizen pointed out the protocol breach when President Duterte welcomed Xi in Malacañang last November 20 Tuesday.

Former Presidential Communications Undersecretary Manolo Quezon spotted the absence of the presidential flag when the two leaders inspected the troops during the arrival ceremony. The Chinese flag was instead carried during the trooping of the line.

Another netizen noticed the flawed arrangement of the Philippine and Chinese flags during the exchange of bilateral agreements attended by Duterte and Xi.

Under the law, the Philippine flag must be on the left of other flags when displayed in a row or in a parade of other flags.